Know what your kidneys do
Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs near the middle of your back, one on either side of your spine, just below your ribcage. Your kidneys filter all the blood in your body many times a day to remove extra fluid and waste. This extra fluid and waste makes up your urine (pee).
Your kidneys do many other important jobs too, such as help control your blood pressure and keep your bones healthy. You need at least one healthy kidney to keep your body working the way it should.
Know about kidney disease
Almost everyone knows someone with kidney disease. One in seven Americans has kidney disease.
Kidney disease means your kidneys are permanently damaged and do not work as they should. This lets extra fluid and waste flow back into your bloodstream instead of leaving your body as urine. There is no cure for kidney disease, and you cannot reverse kidney damage. If your kidneys stop working, which is called kidney failure, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.
Learn about preventing and managing kidney disease
Let's take a moment to get to Know Your Kidneys. Learn more about these incredible organs and what you can do to help prevent chronic kidney disease.
Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Here are steps you can take to keep your diabetes under control and keep your kidneys healthy.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is divided into five stages, which are based on eGFR test results and how well your kidneys work to filter waste and extra fluid from your blood.
Talk with your doctor today about prevention and treatment
Download a doctor discussion guide to learn how to talk with your doctor about kidney disease, including questions to ask about how to prevent or slow down kidney disease.
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Take some time to get to know them and protect them
Don't wait for symptoms to take action. By the time you feel it, it can be badly damaged.
Diabetes is the number one cause of kidney disease.
High blood pressure is the number two cause of kidney disease.
The only way to know if you have kidney disease is to get blood and urine tests.
There are kidney disease treatments, and new research offers hope.
Fight kidney disease. Live healthier lives.
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